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Easy-To-Follow Pool Maintenance Schedule For Every Homeowner

Easy-To-Follow Pool Maintenance Schedule For Every Homeowner

The key to successful pool maintenance is commitment and consistency. The actual maintenance tasks are fairly easy provided you have the right tools and equipment. They are pretty easy to learn and do with professional assistance. Despite this, however, it is still helps if you are in contact with a pool expert like Elko Spas Billiards & Pools to ensure that you have professional assistance when accidents happen or if you think you did something wrong. Why should you commit to regular pool maintenance? Maintaining your swimming pool on a regular basis will help you prevent pool problems that can become repetitive and costly in the long run. Plus, it will also help extend the lifespan of your swimming pool, its features and the other parts of its system such as the pumps and vacuum cleaner. More importantly, you and the rest of the family can enjoy summer with crystal clear water. If you are having difficulties committing to a maintenance schedule for your swimming pool, here is an easy-to-follow schedule that you can check out. Do the following twice in one week: Check pH levels using test strips that are available in many local swimming pool supplies store. The pH level of your swimming pool should be between 7.4 and 7.6. If the results returned a different reading, adjust the chemistry of your pool water using appropriate chemicals. If you do not know how to do this, seek professional assistance from experts. Add chlorine to the pool water to maintain the concentration of useable chlorine in the swimming pool at approximately three parts per million. Professionals highly recommend...
Closing Your Swimming Pool With The Right Pool Chemicals

Closing Your Swimming Pool With The Right Pool Chemicals

One of the many methods in closing your swimming pool in preparation for the winter season is balancing its water chemistry using the right swimming pool chemicals. It is important to properly close your swimming pool at the start of the winter season. This helps protect your swimming pool from freeze damage as well as makes it easier for you to open it in the spring. If you do not have the time and necessary tools and supplies to properly close your swimming pool, you should have professionals do this for you. There are lots of experienced pool experts in Myrtle Beach such as Elko Spas Billiards & Pools that you can hire to help you properly close your swimming pool before the temperature decreases. If you decide to close your swimming pool on your own, you will need a home water test kit for testing the water chemistry of your pool. You also need swimming pool chemicals – such as chlorine, sodium bisulfate, sodium carbonate, algaecide, and calcium chloride – for adjusting to the right water chemistry level. Here are the steps that you should take to properly close your swimming pool. Test and adjust the current water chemistry of your swimming pool Use your home test kit to determine the current chemical levels of your swimming pool in Myrtle Beach. The primary chemicals that you need to check are the pH level, alkalinity level and calcium hardness. pH level should be between 7.2 to 7.6. The alkalinity of your swimming pool should be 80 to 120 parts per million while the calcium hardness should be 180 to...
Tips For Maintaining Above Ground Pools

Tips For Maintaining Above Ground Pools

Having an above ground pool at your home in Myrtle Beach can be fun and exciting. However, when it is time to maintain and clean your swimming pool, you need to make sure that you follow a few basic yet important tips. By following the appropriate procedures when maintaining your pool, the task will be less difficult and much safer and enjoyable for you and your family. Guidelines For Your Above Ground Pool Maintenance: Assess the level of chlorine. We could say that the disinfection of an above ground pool Myrtle Beach means sterilizing the pool, So keep in mind that if you use improper methods of disinfecting your swimming pool, it could lead to problems like becoming a breeding ground for bacteria and algae. Both of these could be removed by using chlorine, which is available in tablet, granular, and liquid form. Regardless of what form you choose, they all work the same way. Another option when it comes to disinfecting a pool is bromine. Be sure to keep the level of “free” chlorine between 1.0 to 3.0 ppm. You also need to chlorinate or add 3 to 4 times the amount of chlorine every day since chlorine level does not stay constant. It is also recommended to do this at night when the above ground pool is not used. Check if pH is above 8.0. At 8.5 chlorine is just 10% active ingredient. For 7.0 it’s around 73% active ingredient. If you keep the pH at around 7.5, chlorine is approximately 50% to 60% active. Be sure to check the pH so that you can take full...
Homeowners’ Guide In Pool Maintenance After The Rain

Homeowners’ Guide In Pool Maintenance After The Rain

According to many Myrtle Beach pool maintenance experts, there are certain things that a homeowner should do to their swimming pools after it rains. This is especially true for continuous heavy rains. Keep in mind that the rain can affect your swimming pool in a number of ways. And you as the pool owner should make sure these will not cause costly and severe damage to your swimming pool. Primarily, the rain can affect the pH balance of your swimming pool simply because rain can be acidic. Also, the added rain can increase your pool water level, diluting it and, thus, altering its chemical balance. Aside from this, the dirt and debris running off from your lawn or garden could end up in your swimming pool during the rain. Thus, among the many things that you need to do after it rains is clean your swimming pool and check its water chemistry. Cleaning your swimming pool This should be the first thing on your pool maintenance checklist after the rain has passed. You will need to remove all dirt and debris including fallen leaves and branches from your swimming pool. Note that these can be blown from other places to your swimming pool by the strong winds that accompanied the rain. Some of these dirt and debris may have also come from your lawn or yard. The most effective and easiest way to clean your swimming pool after the rain is to skim it first. This will allow you to remove fallen leaves and other debris floating on your swimming pool. When you have removed all floating debris, you can...
Kids And Pool Maintenance: Yes, They Can!

Kids And Pool Maintenance: Yes, They Can!

Pool maintenance should not be the sole responsibility of the adults. Kids can also help take care of your swimming pool. In fact, experts highly recommend teaching your kids the basics of pool care and maintenance so they learn how to be responsible pool owners at an early age. After all, no one loves and uses swimming pools more than kids. Here are some helpful things that you can teach your kids about proper pool maintenance and care. Simple and easy cleaning techniques These may include skimming the surface of the water using a pool net. Show them how to use the net to remove leaves and other debris on the surface of the pool water. Make sure, however, that they are big enough to hold the pool net without dropping it on the pool or hurting themselves. Running the vacuum along the sides of the swimming pool is also an easy cleaning task that you can assign to your kids. And for younger ones, you can have them removing any dirt that they can see and reach in the swimming pool. For those that they cannot reach, they should inform you or any adult in the area and have them remove the dirt instead. Being responsible in cleaning the swimming pool When you fist teach a kid how to clean the swimming pool, you need to be by their side as they do the task. On the other hand, once they get the hang of it, you should move on to teaching them how to be responsible when it comes to cleaning the swimming pool. For this, you...
Easy Swimming Pool Maintenance

Easy Swimming Pool Maintenance

With all of the rain and heat we have had lately, you will want to keep a close eye on your pool.  Because of the pollutants that are in the rain, you will want to test your swimming pool water to ensure that the pool is safe for your family and friends.  You will also want to closely monitor the water level of your pool. If you have a cover for your pool you can avoid some of these conditions, however, most Myrtle Beach home owners don’t bother with a cover once their swimming pool has been opened for the season. A poorly maintained swimming pool can become the home of disease and germs.  If care is not taken, your pool will become unsafe for swimming and can be the cause of infections. Easy Steps For Swimming Pool Maintenance   Water testing – this is the most important step for your swimming pool safety. Elko Pools will be happy to test your swimming pool water and let you know the chemical components of your water and what needs to be changed.  The primary area to check is the pH level and alkalinity of your water.  As a rule of thumb, pH should be between 7.2 and 7.6.  Alkalinity should be around 180ppm.  If all of this is Greek to you, then you will want to bring your pool water to Elko for testing. Sanitize – after your water is properly balanced, you will want to add chlorine, unless you have salt water chlorination. You want a level that is high enough to keep algae growth and bacteria under control. ...